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acronym a type of abbreviation used as a word and pronounced as a word. An acronym is formed by combining the initial letters (or initial parts) of a string of words. The pronunciation of an acronym is based on the typical rules of pronouncing words in a language and is not made up of the sounds of the names of individual letters. The abbreviations "AIDS," "FICA," and "PIN" are acronyms, but the abbreviations "FBI," ATM," and "DVD" are not.
alliteration repetition of the same consonant sound in the stressed or initial syllables of words in a phrase or sentence.
alpha any first or initial thing. (See alpha and omega.) [1/3 definitions]
aspirate in phonetics, a speech sound pronounced with an audible release or rush of air, such as the initial "h," "t," "p," or "k" sounds in English. [1/5 definitions]
beachhead the initial position or area that invading troops try to secure when landing on an enemy shore. [1/2 definitions]
boot in computing, to start up (a computer or a program) by loading the operating system or providing the initial instructions (often fol. by "up"). [2/10 definitions]
boot up in computing, to start up (a computer or a program) by loading the operating system or installing the initial instructions.
break the ice to take successful initial actions. [1/2 definitions]
capitalize to write or print (something) using capital letters or using a capital letter as the initial letter. [1/4 definitions]
draw poker a version of poker in which players may discard and draw replacements for a specified maximum number of cards in their original hands after initial bets are made.
early of the initial stage of a time period or series of occurrences. [1/10 definitions]
elastic capable of returning to its initial form after being stretched or deformed. [1/5 definitions]
fly1 to shoot through the air, propelled by an initial, forceful ejection. [1/12 definitions]
free-fall the initial stage of a parachute jump, prior to the opening of the parachute. [1/2 definitions]
get to first base (informal) to make initial progress or have some initial success.
honeymoon the initial harmonious period of any relationship. [1/4 definitions]
impression the initial effect that an experience or perception creates in the mind or emotions. [1/6 definitions]
inceptive incipient, beginning, or initial. [1/3 definitions]
initiative the initial or leading action in a process. [1/3 definitions]
initiatory serving to begin or introduce; initial; introductory. [1/2 definitions]
noninitial combined form of initial.